About WoodshedWings I have always been fascinated by aircraft. My father being in the Fleet Air Arm afforded me the opportunity to get up close and personal with the real thing. We would attend the annual 'Air Day' at my Dads base, HMS Daedalus, where you could sit in actual operational aircraft. I remember being instructed "not to touch that yellow and black striped handle between your legs son". I was known to constantly (and most annoyingly I suspect) correct my Dads' colleagues, when they got their facts wrong about various aircraft.
I am a 'born again' plastic modeller. I grew up with Airfix kits in the '60's and '70's and built anything I could get my hands on, usually aircraft, usually 1/72. My favourite movie of the era was 'The Battle of Britain' and I remember thinking I had died and gone to heaven when somebody presented me with the Airfix 1/24 scale Mk 1 Spitfire for a birthday.
Modelling came to an abrupt end when 'other interests' took over. I then spent many uproarious years trying to make it in the music biz, with some success I might add. My favourite album of this era was "Never Mind The B*ll*cks" by the Sex Pistols which gives you an indication of where I was at.
After settling down with a family, I would take my 2 boys to Duxford. Whilst there I would lurk around the plastic models in the shop. Finally, after many visits and much lurking, I bought a 1/48 Revell Spitfire Mk. IX and upon opening the box was transported instantly to that happy plastic place of my childhood. This led to two more Spitfires which I happily slapped together and brush painted, with no real worries about accuracy.
My 'Road to Damascus' moment came when I stumbled upon a certain modelling website, and was gobsmacked at the quality of the models on display and by the number of after-market goodies you could buy. I thought to myself 'I can do this'. From that day I have been hooked. An airbrush was soon purchased and I have been working hard to perfect my skills ever since. I consider myself to be an average to good modeller but it doesn't come easy.
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